badmonk wrote:ok i think i have worked this out
(sorry to be a pain in the a$$ but really thinking about buying this)
i hit the P button once my quicktime mov was imported onto the timeline to give its in/out points and then hit the preview render timeline selection button which then very quickly rendered all my video and it plays at normal speed now with no skipping or choppy movements
Yeah, although the lab products are really great at what they do, they aren't really designed for real-time previews, so doing a preview render really helps. Sorry, I probably should have mentioned that sooner.
badmonk wrote:when i convert my video to QT MOV though should it be progressive or does this matter at all please?
Progressive vs. interlaced questions seem pretty common. Yes, it does matter.
Optimally, you want interlaced (opposite of progressive) video if you'll be displaying your video on a tv screen and progressive if it will be on a computer screen. Of course one generally works with the other, but quality suffers slightly. So it's your call as to which you want. Distribution by DVD probably benefits from interlaced. Distribution online (personal website, youtube, etc) should be progressive. Then again, in many cases, you may want a version of both.
If you shot interlaced footage, then I would keep it interlaced until your final render (i.e. after you've converted it, added effects, cut it back into your main video, added sound, etc.), even if you want a progressive cut in the end. This accomplishes two things: (1) you don't lose any data from the extra interlaced fields, (2) if you ever want to also make an interlaced or archived copy, you only have to redo that last render, instead of rendering both versions all the way back to that conversion step.
If you shot progressive footage in the first place, you might as well just keep it progressive all the way through. You won't actually gain anything by converting back to interlaced.
Bottom Line: I wouldn't change this setting when converting the video, but it is definitely a good question to ask yourself when finishing a project.
Note: Also be sure that whatever method you choose matches your settings when you start a new FxHome project. People have problems with this all the time, and after you click ok, you cannot change this setting without starting a new project.